Does anyone what the people are like there are they friendly and ok with tourists ?

4 Responses to “Would shetland orkney be good to visit ?”

  • Robert:

    They are an island race within an island race. They will treat you with great respect and consideration, providing that you treat them with the same. Like all islands where there is a fishing community there are some VERY tough men who make a living doing that…they tend not to suffer fools gladly. The islands are well worth a visit and I’m sure you’ll be back again if you go there.

  • Irishdivil1960:

    The Shetland islands or the Orkneys? Or both? Yes they are nice places to go and they both have lovely people

  • sulav:

    Here’s one of those annoying little truths we have to ignore because there is nothing we can do. Whenever a travel guide covers a place you know intimately, it is always wrong. The authors pick spots that were mediocre 10 years ago, herd travellers into the worst tourist traps and pluck the bizarre out of nowhere (“Try Edinburgh’s Café Rouge for a cosmopolitan scene”).

    Now Lonely Planet has chosen the Shetland Islands as the sixth-best place to visit; Sinai was number one.

    Now I love Shetland. I am happy on (nearly) all of the Scottish archipelagos and have recently been venturing further, to the football-mad, whale-killing Faroes and sulphurous, salmon-rich Iceland. I am eyeing the Lofotens. Lonely Planet said Shetland is “pristine, wild and untamed” which is a dull sort of description, especially given that it has a bloody great oil refinery, with the fabulous name of Sullom Voe and which makes its council among the richest in the UK. It has a community that is both protective and effective. It has Muckle Flugga, with the UK’s most northerly lighthouse (don’t try getting there on your own). It also has fog, which can mean getting stuck there far longer than even whisky can cure.

    So Shetland is wonderful, but I still harrumphed on seeing the list. Lonely Planet dropped a love bomb, but it missed a genuine gem of a target. For if you want to visit a truly astonishing, otherworldly, human (and wildlife) rich land, set your tiller for the islands of Orkney.

    I’m from Sutherland, not far from the top of Britain. When visitors came from afar and stayed too long, my parents would kindly suggest they visit Orkney and, ridding themselves of two irritants at once, would send the 10-year-old me with them as a “guide”. I was delighted, for the 70 dark islands are a wonderland. I would show them Skara Brae, the perfectly preserved village that is more than 5,000 years old.

    When archaeologists dig and discover human habitation, they call it “dark earth”. It runs deep in Orkney, through the Standing Stones of Stenness, Maeshowe and the Ring of Brodgar.

    I always particularly loved Maeshowe, a large, ceremonial burial chamber, because, when it was looted by the Viking Earl Harald Maddadarson in the 12th century, his men left runic graffiti like “Gunnhild’s got big tits” (or something like that). Now, that’s dark earth. All these years later, Orkney feels like it has the best-adjusted community of all the islands I have visited.

    But then what do I know? Probably as little as Lonely Planet. That’s the annoying truth. Despite being certain that they’ve got our home so very wrong, if we are to avoid complete ignorance, every trip abroad requires a trip to that eternally deluded section of Waterstone’s.

  • ksea:

    its very good i spent, 3 moths working there.
    made me fell welcome.

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